Robert W wrote:
They have maybe yet to announce more park expansions?
I think this is the answer. I'd say the hotel is likely to open in the early 2020s, so if we assume that we'll get a family coaster, thrill coaster and a few more flats/small attractions (which is by no means an unreasonable estimate, given their current expansion levels), they should be able to get away with a hotel.
Sure, the hotel's quite large and excessive even if they improve their lineup over the next five years or so, but I guess they're a wealthy family, so why not invest for the future?
I don't think they'll cash in too well on central Dublin traffic though. It's a 45 minute drive from the city centre and public transport to Tayto is fairly abysmal right now (something like one or two buses per day in each direction), so that would probably need significant improvements first. I guess Irish people who don't live near Dublin (so would be driving) may do a weekend in and around Dublin including Tayto, in which case the Tayto hotel might be cheaper, but that's going to be a fairly small market.